Sunday, May 2, 2021

REVIEW: 'Legends of Tomorrow' - Sara and Ava's Bond Transcends the Limits of Space and Time in 'Ground Control to Sara Lance'

The CW's Legends of Tomorrow - Episode 6.01 "Ground Control to Sara Lance"

After a night of celebrating, the Legends quickly discover that Sara is missing. Trying to keep it together, the Legends are shocked to discover that she was taken by aliens. Ava sends Rory and Behrad to follow a lead on who can possibly help them find Sara, while Constantine tries to work his magic. Sara does all she can to try to escape, which includes releasing aliens into the timeline, but is shocked to learn who one of her kidnappers turns out to be.

In 2020, the television industry aired 493 scripted shows across numerous outlets. The way people consume content now is different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, it's less necessary to provide ample coverage of each episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site provides shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the season premiere of The CW's Legends of Tomorrow.

"Ground Control to Sara Lance" was written by James Eagan & Mark Bruner and directed by Kevin Mock

Sara has been abducted by aliens. It takes awhile before the Legends learn what has happened to her. However, that doesn't prevent Sara and Ava from getting engaged. They aren't physically in the same space. However, their relationship transcends space and time. The Legends are experts when it comes to time travel. They are united in that specific field. They know how to handle those threats. They are out of their depth when it comes to aliens. They hope the DEO from Supergirl can help. That agency no longer exists. That team is busy dealing with their own problems. And so, the Legends have to find a way to locate Sara and save her from this threat no matter what the potential consequences may be. Everyone is fighting for this powerful love story. Nate doesn't want Ava to bottle up her emotions and then lash out at the team when thinks don't go according to plan. The Legends have come to accept that things going awry should always be included in the plan. It's notable that the show has developed a formula to such a degree that Ava can produce an actual checklist of how the other Legends will act. All it takes is some light pushing for them to react exactly how she figures they will. And yes, nothing should inherently be written off as a bad idea either. Each member of this team has their own area of expertise and ability to save the world. That purpose has brought all of them together. They could risk being untethered now that their captain is no longer leading them. But that actually unifies them. They must save her from this alien threat. Of course, it's also amusing to see a long familiar character be reintroduced as an alien now. That will completely reshape everything that Gary has ever done across the show. He was apparently ordered to abduct Sara as she is described as the perfect embodiment of humanity. Her strength and resilience are notable qualities worthy of such designation. But again, it's an alien threat abducting her from the life she loves for some nefarious purpose. That doesn't immediately become clear in this premiere. Instead, it's just more important for Sara to get some sense of her bearings while the team fights to reunite with her. She has an ally in Gary. His interest in magic may now be informed by his alien identity. The show even introduces the concept of alien magic as practiced by an acquaintance of Constantine and Astra's. That detail feels rather introductory here. But it could be more meaningful in the future especially since there is a book on the subject. That was important to Gary. He still presents as someone who wants to protect Sara. They crash on some foreign planet instead of returning to the timeline. They handle the most immediate threat to their personal safety. They take control of the ship. Sara finds the strength through Ava reaching out on the astral plane thanks to Constantine and newcomer Spooner. Every season has featured at least one member of the Legends who has some extremely personal connection to the main antagonist. Spooner's life has been defined by aliens. She can sense them and communicate with them. She has long believed it was a result of being abducted as a child and having alien technology placed in her brain. That narrative is completely shattered here with Gideon being unable to find anything. The Legends offer Spooner hope after abducting her as well. Them introducing more questions to her overall identity may be enough to propel her further on this journey with the team. It doesn't start from a place of easy friendship though. She shouldn't trust these people. They proclaim a willingness to protect her. That's only after they exploit her abilities. It's all in service of the great love between Sara and Ava. That connection remains real and passionate. They are far apart now. That's devastating. Hopefully, they can work their way back to each other. They have a wedding to celebrate after all. The journey is probably going to be tense and create another fulfilling season of television though. After so many years, it's easy to trust the creative team with what they are doing at this point. The stakes of all of this are so extreme. The storytelling threatens to be familiar to past arcs as well. And yet, the central focus always remains constant and strong. The show knows how to have fun with these characters while developing more within their emotional connections as well. Not everyone will be along for the journey of chasing aliens through time. And yet, their arcs are still important as they hopefully build to something dynamic and revealing about the heroism involved.